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D.I.Y. - Make It Yourself - Blackberry Bramble Basket

Updated on May 24, 2015

Blackberry bramble baskets are fun outdoor creations that are useful in the home for sorting and organization. This is a fun activity to do for kids and people of all ages, if you have the right kinds of plants, and just a few tools. Its easy to work with the vines once they have been properly cleaned. Once you try this activity with a little success you, too, may become enchanted by the art and allure of basket weaving.

Collect long sections of Pacific Blackberry vines, which grow on forested floors. These are different than the better-known Himalayan variety, which is not native, like the Pacific variety. The Pacific vines are pliable and do not have thick branches and thorns, like the Himalayan variety.

Star Structure/ Foundation Piece in First Stages of Weaving. In this piece user has chose to braided pieces as the weaving medium throughout the structure. Continue to bend structure upwards to create a bowl shaped effect.
Star Structure/ Foundation Piece in First Stages of Weaving. In this piece user has chose to braided pieces as the weaving medium throughout the structure. Continue to bend structure upwards to create a bowl shaped effect.
Pacific vines are pliable and easy to work with once properly cleaned.
Pacific vines are pliable and easy to work with once properly cleaned.
Cleaned and Prepared vines.
Cleaned and Prepared vines.
Basic Structure/ Star Shaped Foundation
Basic Structure/ Star Shaped Foundation
One Example of a Well-Done Bramble Basket
One Example of a Well-Done Bramble Basket

Using a cloth, remove the soft thorns and leaves from the blackberry vines, leaving long pieces of stripped vine for weaving.

Take 5 pieces at about 2 feet length, and criss-cross them to form a star pattern. Slightly fold the vines upwards, as you weave additional sections of vines in an over/under format, around the star structure. Continue to pull the weaving vine tightly to secure the piece tightly throughout the piece. Tuck in ends and continue with new strips as needed.

Original star structure can be doubled or tripled in vine quantity to create thicker weaves and patterns.

With a little practice, and some pre-planning action, this can become a fun summer activity to enjoy outdoors!


WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW for full step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial


Step-By Step Instructional Video for Bramble Basket

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